Chinle outlasts Many Farms in five sets


Players swat ball over net.

Navajo Times | Donovan Quintero
Chinle’s Ashley Jake, right, hits the ball past defending Many Farms Lady Lobo Kahia Lamothe (9) Tuesday evening in Chinle. 

Alysha Bitsuie got more than her fair share of goosebumps on Tuesday night.

The Chinle volleyball coach was overwhelmed with enthusiasm as the Lady Wildcats outlasted Many Farms in a marathon seesaw affair.

The set scores were 25-15, 18-25, 25-7, 20-25, 15-13. 

“It gives you goosebumps when they make a kill,” Bitsuie said.

In the final set Chinle had nine such kills, including the game-winner by middle hitter Temitra Totsoni.

Bitsuie said she was happy they pulled off the win but with a few seniors out, her team played inconsistently.

“I think they were pretty anxious about playing their first game,” she said. “They were nervous but we’re going to clean up those mistakes.”

In particular, Bitsuie said they gave away a lot of free points away as Chinle was whistled for five rotation errors.

“Those shouldn’t happen,” the Chinle coach said.

Many Farms coach Tulene James felt that the momentum shifted in Chinle’s favor late in the game, as they were two points away from winning the match. 

While trailing for a good part of the fifth set, the Lady Lobos tied the match at 13-all on a stuff block from middle blocker Kahia Lamothe but on the very next play they had a serve go wide.

“I thought that ball was in,” said James. “It was pretty close but I am proud of my girls. They surprised me by coming back. We started off slow but we got the momentum and then it went the other way.”

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Quentin Jodie

Quentin Jodie is the Sports Editor for the Navajo Times. He started working for the Navajo Times in February 2010 and was promoted to the Sports Editor position at the end of summer in 2012. Previously, he wrote for the Gallup Independent. Reach him at